Kuwait Energy Articles & Analysis

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Following shutdowns caused by power shortages in early 2014, Kuwait’s refineries are poised to undergo improvements in the year via multibillion-dollar upgrades and new facilities led by the private sector, including construction of the world’s largest oil refinery, which will substantially boost both exports and revenues. At the same time,...

 

As the Kuwaiti government moves to invest billions in upgrading and expanding its oil production facilities, it has targeted an ambitious increase in crude output, with plans to produce 4m barrels per day (bpd) by 2020. New demand for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the Greater Burgan area has already facilitated further participation by...

 

With more than 100bn barrels of proven oil reserves, new discoveries in the north of the country and increasingly sophisticated extraction methods ready to be implemented, it is expected that oil revenues will continue to be Kuwait’s most significant economic pillar well beyond 2014. Kuwait ranked as the world’s sixth-largest oil producer in...

 

In addition to ambitious production and refinery expansion plans, the Kuwaiti government is also moving to rapidly enlarge and upgrade its power grid. With recent refinery shutdowns highlighting the country’s energy vulnerabilities, and domestic consumption of heavily subsidised electricity continuing to rise, the country’s power grid is in...

Chapter | Energy from The Report: Kuwait 2014

As new discoveries are being made in the north of the country, and as the industry develops increasingly sophisticated extraction technologies, Kuwait’s oil revenues should see a new boost. The authorities are also seeking to develop the country’s natural gas resources, as these could provide a valuable alternative for electricity generation. Although the kingdom was ranked as the world’s...

Kuwait accounts for approximately 6.1% of the world’s proven oil reserves, with hydrocarbons revenues comprising more than 65% of the country’s GDP and 95% of total exports in 2013. Cautious budgetary decisions have resulted in large surpluses, creating a solid base for public expenditure programmes such as the National Development Plan, which is set to diversify the economy and boost employment.